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Tuesday 17 September 2019

David's birthday celebrations are truly Electric

David Keenan
David Keenan

Margaret Roddy

Birthday celebrations don't come any better than opening the main stage at Electric Picnic to a rapturous crowd and glowing reviews but that is how Dundalk's David Keenan spent his 26th birthday.

It's a long way from playing in the back of Maxi's taxi on his way to gigs in the Spirit Store and Keenan rightly savoured every minute of performing at the biggest and final festival of the summer.

'A mesmeric day, full of Grá and flow. Thank you from the depths, from myself and The Unholy Ghosts X,' he posted on his Facebook page.

Keenan has smoothly made the transition from playing small intimate venues to big stages, and is currently supporting Hozier on his European tour, finishing with five nights at the London Palladium.

The Irish Times named Keenan as one of the Top 10 acts of the festival. Tony Clayton-Lea noted that Keenan 'shows no fear or inhibition' no matter what size the stage.....he is, frankly, licking his lips like a bunch of Cheshire cats after a dozen slurps of cream. In other words, the size of the stage suits him: the Dundalk man can't help but revel in the occasion (and it so happens it's his birthday, which is surely the congratulatory cherry on the cake).'

Hot Press was equally enthusiastic about the young Dundalk balladeer. 'Here is an act that has graduated to the main stage and yet has still to release his first album. Rumour has it that it's finished, it's coming soon, but to be able to play this stage, to have a crowd smilingly sing your words back to you before a record arrives is a real achievement. The reason is the passion he inspires among his faithful, his music is something that once heard is hard to shake. There's a poetry to what he's at. There is soul at play.'

Keenan wasn't the only Dundalk act wooing audiences at Electric Picnic. Just Mustard, made the list of Top 10 acts to see as chosen by both Hot Press and Joe.ie, as they played the Three's Made by Music stage.

AE Mak, aka Aoife McCann and TPM, comprising brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy played the Body & Soul stage, Jinx Lennon was on the Salty Dog Stage, while Sophie Coyle and her band were on the Spike Island stage.

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